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Windsor Excelsior

3,892 reviews
+55 21 2195-5800

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Free Breakfast
Fitness Center

Contemporary Hotel with Fabulous Rooftop Views

Fabulous Beach Location

The Windsor Excelsior Hotel sits on a wide stretch of the world-famous Copacabana Beach and within easy walking distance of other acclaimed Rio beaches such as Ipanema Beach and Arpoador Beach. It's also near popular Copacabana music and dance clubs such as Bip Bip and Mariuzinn. There's a metro station nearby for easy exploration of Rio's most interesting neighborhoods and attractions. The hotel is just 12 miles from Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim International (GIG) Airport and about 6 miles from downtown Rio. 

Entertaining Options by Day and Night

Unlike other cheap hotels in Rio, the Windsor Excelsior Hotel offers guests plenty of opportunities for fun and exploration both in and around the hotel. The Windsor is located in the entertainment district, and the clubs and restaurants near Copacabana Beach are some of the most popular in Rio. The views from Sugarloaf Mountain, reached by a two-stage cable car system, offer spectacular photo opportunities for intrepid tourists. Sports lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will love the bike trails, running paths, and water sports such as kayaking and rowing available at nearby Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. 

The cultural delights of Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, Fort Copacabana, and the aqueducts and bohemian nightlife around the Arcos da Lapa are all an easy commute from the Windsor Excelsior. Visitors can also enjoy a day of shopping at the nearby Rio Sul Shopping Mall. 

Within the property itself, guests can relax on the rooftop terrace or enjoy the cool water and friendly bartenders at the outdoor pool. The Windsor Excelsior operates a charming barraca, or beach shack, on Copacabana Beach offering guests free umbrellas, towels, and beach chairs. There is also a steam room, sauna, and fitness center on site. The hotel's breakfast buffet receives rave reviews.

Well-Appointed Rooms

Choose from several room types, including three singles, many of which have amazing ocean views. Enjoy cable TV, nightly turndown service, a well-stocked minibar, 24-hour room service, and hypoallergenic bedding. Wi-Fi is available for a fee. Excelsior, the hotel's restaurant, offers a lavish buffet and à la carte menu items. 

The Bottom Line

The Windsor Excelsior is a modern hotel offering guests a range of high-end amenities at a budget price. The hotel's location is perfect for guests who want to explore Rio's best beaches, clubs, and outdoor attractions. 

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Avenida Atlantica 1800
Rio De Janeiro, 22021-001
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User Highlights
"Lots of restaurants nearby" "Great hotel location"
95% appreciated the closeness to the beach.
95% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
"Excellent brekfast" "Breakfast was delicious"
100% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
"Directly opposite Copacabana beach" "Opposite Copacobana Beach"
Only 50% said the beach was clean enough.
"Attentive staff" "Amazing attention to detail"
93% found the staff to be very friendly.
68% said the reception staff was ok.
Value for money
"Complementary beach service" "Free transfer from the airport"
The price was too high for 67%.
100% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
"Bed excellent" "Well appointed room"
94% thought the view was good.
59% complained about the bathroom.
"Fast internet" "Free WiFi in the hotel"
74% said the wifi quality was bad.
93% thought it was a great value.
Wellness Area
"Very small gym" "Gym is tiny"
71% didn't like the fitness area.
64% thought the sauna was ok.

Good to know...

Friendly service
Beach nearby
Hotel could use some updating
Great view
Expert Reviews
The rooftop has a fantastic swimming pool area, with picture-perfect views over the Copacabana beach
This hotel, part of the Windsor chain, may have been built in the 1950s, but its look is sleek and contemporary.
Ask for a room with a view over Copacabana Beach.
Time Out
For a three star hotel it really delivers... redwood panelling in the corridors and marble touches in the bathrooms, the buffet breakfast is a star attraction
Hotel Information
Airport Shuttle
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Fitness Center
Free Breakfast
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Spa or Sauna
From 2:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 12:00pm
# of Rooms
  • Tourism Fee: BRL 3 per accommodation, per night
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible